How To Go Graphic With Your Makeup
Graphic eyeliner is a huge hit for AW15 and from oversized flicks to double-lined eyes and even brushstrokes making an appearance, the intense liner look was making big strides all over the catwalks of Mariana Jungman, Rochas and Fendi.
And the great thing about this trend? You can’t go wrong! With colours ranging from electric teal, to deep mulberry; liner can be dotted, flicked or even made in bold blocks. So lets get creative!
Use Your Imagination
There aren’t limits when it comes to creating a graphic liner look. You can go as bold or as subtle as you like!
Struggling for ideas? Try bold lines and experiment with colours and shape to create your own look.
Help liner last longer by prepping the lids first with a good primer. Let this dry, then dot the eyeliner design lightly across the lid/brow bone before filling in with short, gentle stokes to create a bolder line. Slow application tends to lend itself to neater lines and therefore a much more dramatic effect.
To really open the eye, try tightlining (tracing along the upper waterline), this pencil technique packs a big punch in the drama stakes.
Tips and tricks you ask. Insider tip one, masking tape is used more often than you may think, to get a bold flick which is identical each side, apply masking tape to the corner of the eyes and drawn in your line. Once complete, remove the tape, and viola! A perfectly symmetrical, uber straight line!
Insider tip two, cotton buds are a saving grace, apply a small amount of makeup remover or leave dry and touch up lines making sure they are perfectly straight. We recommend Muji’s small cotton buds for this kind of detail.
Liquid, Gel or Pencil
Which product you choose will depend on your personal preference and the intensity of the look you want to create. Makeup artists tend to prefer gels and pencils, for their precision and sanitary reasons, but liquid liners can be great for individuals.
Here at BASE Pro Artists we love the Stila Smudge Pots, which contain an inky, intense gel that can double up as a liner or shadow and Illamasqua’s Gel Liner which creates a smooth, rich line. And in regards to pencils, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liner, with its high pigmentation and glide-on application make it super easy to create graphic looks.
Products aside, the key thing you really need to go graphic are imagination and daring (and the BASE Pro Artists Liner brush of course!)